Kansas Employment Statistics

  • 88,864 employers
  • 1,383,107 employees
  • $896 average weekly wage
  • The average weekly wage is 18.6% below the national average
  • The cost of living is 10.3% below the national average

Types of Employers (Private Sector vs Government Agency)

As an employer in Kansas, you are most likely to be running a private company rather than a government agency. 94.4% of employers run private companies in the state, 2.6% less than the national average of 97.0. The remaining 5.6% of employers are government agencies: 1.4% work in a federal agency, 1.2% work for the state and 3.1% work for local government. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employers by type.
82.4% of employees work for a private company. This is 2.9% below the national average of 85.2%. Local government agencies employ 12.9% of the workers in the state, state government agencies employ 2.9% of the workers and the federal government employs 1.8%. The percentage of employees working for a government agency (17.6%) is 2.9% higher than the national average. The chart below illustrates the breakout of employees by type of employer.
The average weekly wage in Kansas is $896 per week, which is 18.6% greater than the national average of $1,101 per week. Kansas workers that are employed by private businesses earn $911 per week, 17.2% lower than the national average for private company employees. Employees of federal government agencies in Kansas earn $1,326 per week, a premium of 45.6% compared to what employees of private companies earn. The chart below illustrates the average weekly by type of employer.


Leading Sectors

Businesses by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of businesses in the state is Professional services with 11.8% of the businesses in the state. Retail trade (10.7%) and Healthcare (10.6%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Businesses
Sector# Businesses% of Bus.
Professional services10,49611.8%
Retail trade9,48810.7%
Healthcare9,38010.6%
Wholesale trade8,0429.0%
Construction7,5698.5%
Accommodation and food services6,0006.8%
Other services5,9846.7%
Finance and insurance5,9106.7%
Waste services5,6456.4%
Manufacturing3,1443.5%
Real estate and rental2,9603.3%
Transport and warehousing2,6533.0%
Agriculture and forestry1,6511.9%
Information1,3091.5%
Mining and oil extraction1,0061.1%
Educational services9051.0%
Arts and entertainment8991.0%
Company management6140.7%
Utilities2060.2%


Employees by Sector

The sector with the greatest number of employees in the state is Healthcare with 13.0% of the employees in the state. Manufacturing (11.9%) and Retail trade (10.5%) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Sectors by # of Employees
Sector# Employees% of Emp'
Healthcare180,26213.0%
Manufacturing165,06211.9%
Retail trade145,70210.5%
Accommodation and food services112,1198.1%
Waste services79,5465.8%
Professional services74,2375.4%
Construction61,1904.4%
Wholesale trade59,1874.3%
Finance and insurance57,6964.2%
Transport and warehousing52,6483.8%
Other services33,7552.4%
Company management25,6071.9%
Information18,6621.3%
Arts and entertainment17,2161.2%
Real estate and rental15,8421.1%
Educational services14,8461.1%
Agriculture and forestry12,5300.9%
Mining and oil extraction6,7560.5%
Utilities6,3580.5%


Average Weekly Wage by Sector

The sector that pays their employees the highest is Company management paying $1,997per week compared with the state average of $911. Utilities ($1,884) and Finance and insurance ($1,440) round out the top 3 sectors.
Table: Wages by Sector
SectorWkly Wagevs St Avg.
Company management$1,997219.2%
Utilities$1,884206.8%
Finance and insurance$1,440158.1%
Professional services$1,348148.0%
Wholesale trade$1,347147.9%
Information$1,219133.8%
Manufacturing$1,139125.0%
Mining and oil extraction$1,107121.5%
Construction$1,052115.5%
Transport and warehousing$87896.4%
Healthcare$83091.1%
Real estate and rental$80388.1%
Agriculture and forestry$79587.3%
Waste services$75783.1%
Educational services$68475.1%
Other services$66372.8%
Retail trade$52457.5%
Arts and entertainment$37741.4%
Accommodation and food services$31434.5%


Leading Industries

Businesses by Industry

Each broad sector is made up of specific industries. In Kansas. the industry with the most businesses is Restaurants and other eating places with 5.3% of the businesses in the state (with 4,705 employing 93,185 workers). Services for the elderly and disabled (3.2%) and Computer systems design and related services (3.0%) round out the top 3 industries. The Top 10 Industries in the state are:
Industry# BusinessesEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places4,70519.8
Services for the elderly and disabled2,8536.5
Computer systems design and related services2,7096.6
Insurance agencies and brokerages2,0925.6
Wholesale trade agents and brokers1,9502.3
Management consulting services1,5466.6
Residential building construction1,4283.5
Accounting and bookkeeping services1,3926.2
Offices of physicians1,27414.3
Offices of lawyers1,2634.5


Employees by Industry

The industry with the greatest number of employees in the state is Restaurants and other eating places with 6.7% of the businesses in the state. The industry employs 93,185 in 4,705 businesses, there are 19.8 employees on average in each of these businesses. General medical and surgical hospitals (3.4%) and Aerospace product and parts manufacturing (2.3%) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Industries by # of Employees
Industry# EmpEmp/Biz
Restaurants and other eating places93,18519.8
General medical and surgical hospitals47,603371.9
Aerospace product and parts manufacturing31,438195.3
Management of companies and enterprises25,60741.7
Temporary help services25,59227.5
Supermarkets and other grocery stores22,76650.3
General merchandise stores including warehouse clubs and supercenters21,53343.6
Services for the elderly and disabled18,4726.5
Animal slaughtering and processing18,342206.1
Offices of physicians18,23314.3


Average Weekly Wage by Industry

The industry that pays their employees the most is Investment banking and securities dealing, paying $3,965 compared with the state average of $911. Portfolio management ($3,410) and Reinsurance carriers ($3,187) round out the top 3 industries.
Table: Wages by Industry
IndustryWkly Wage% of Avg
Investment banking and securities dealing$3,965435.2
Portfolio management$3,410374.3
Reinsurance carriers$3,187349.8
Commodity contracts dealing$2,652291.1
Securities brokerage$2,519276.5
Druggists' goods merchant wholesalers$2,465270.6
Medical equipment merchant wholesalers$2,430266.7
Investment advice$2,387262.0
Sales financing$2,364259.5
Petroleum refineries$2,332256.0


Company Size

Kansas Businesses by Size

The solopreneur company, has the most businesses in Kansas by far. 59.0% of all businesses in the state have fewer than 5 employees. The 79,367 small businesses in the state represent 95.3% of all private businesses. The national average is 92.6%. (Small businesses have fewer than 50 employees, Solopreneurs employ fewer than 5.) The pie chart below illustrates the ratio of business sizes.

Kansas Employees by Business Size

The largest companies in the state represent 132.6% of all employees, which is 5.8% lower than the national average of 138.4%. Interestingly, the smallest companies in the state employ a higher percentage than the largest companies, this is not typical. The solopreneur (those that employ fewer than 5) companies employ 94.3% of all workers, which is 2.8% higher than the national average of 91.5%. All small companies, those employing fewer than 50 people, represent 601.6% of the labor force in the state, 51.6% more than the national average of 550.0%.

Kansas Avg Weekly Wages by Business Size

Kansas workers in every size business are paid less than the national average. The smallest companies in Kansas (those with fewer than 5 employees) pay workers 1.8% less than the national average ($958 per week as compared to the national average of $975 per week). The largest companies in Kansas (those with more than 1,000 employees) pay 48.0% workers below the national average ($1,272 per week as compared to the national average of $1,882 per week).



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About the Writer

This page was created and is maintained by Kurt Tietjen, Founder of Stavera, High Peak Media & HomeGearWorks.com. Kurt is an executive, data scientist and software engineer who holds an MBA in Management Information Systems. In 2010, he partnered with scientists at Northwestern University to launch The Street Wire. This was one of the first mainstream uses of what would become “Narrative Science”, an artificial intelligence platform specializing in natural language generation. You can contact Kurt on LinkedIn here.